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December 06, 2007

Puppet show

The lowdown -- In 2004, Avenue Q won the Tony Award for best musical. Now, the production, which uses people and puppets to tell stories about trying to make it in New York, comes to Baltimore's Hippodrome Theatre. The Broadway success also won Tonys for its score and book.

If you go -- Avenue Q runs Tuesday-Dec. 23 at the Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St. Tickets are $25-$70. Call 410-547-7328 or go to or broadway


`Come and Gone'

The lowdown -- Herald Loomis has lost his wife and his soul in August Wilson's play Joe Turner's Come and Gone, set in a Pittsburgh boardinghouse in 1911. Released after seven years on a chain gang, Loomis has been on an endless search for Martha. As he is led through his darkest hour by a succession of guides, both contemporaries and spiritual ancestors, Loomis' journey becomes a haunting allegory for the African-American experience. Directed by Derrick Sanders, this production by Center Stage features Javon Johnson as Loomis.

If you go -- Previews of the play start at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Showtimes vary through Jan. 13 at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St. Tickets are $10-$65. Call 410-332-0033 or go to centerstage .org.


Fleming performs

The lowdown -- Famed soprano Renee Fleming performs at a gala concert Saturday night with the Baltimore Opera Company. She will sing arias by Handel, Dvorak, Verdi and Puccini, as well as folk songs arranged by jazz composers David Grusin and Lee Ritenour.

If you go -- Renee Fleming will perform with the Baltimore Opera Orchestra, conducted by Ya-Hui Wang, at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. Limited ticket availability. 410-727-6000 or balti


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